The fight on behalf of exotic birds — for their welfare and very survival — must be waged on many fronts: in rain forests, grasslands, cliffs, and brush regions around the globe, as well as in breeding facilities, pet stores, zoos, and our nation’s living rooms. Animal-protection statutes must be enforced and, if necessary, amended. Breeding and sales must be regulated. The fight will demand international cooperation, conservation campaigns, and other initiatives.
Remember: Outside of special directed release programs, captive birds cannot be returned to the wild; they cannot be set free to fend for themselves. They do not possess the learned skills necessary to survive.
We have an ethical responsibility to provide the best care possible for those living in captivity. Parrots and other exotic birds deserve the same protection—including legal safeguards and shelter for those victimized by abuse, neglect, or displacement—afforded to domestic pets and other wild animals. In addition, conservation programs are needed to protect and preserve exotic birds in their natural habitats.
Better yet, just as we appreciate our own native wild birds flying freely outside our window, let us remember that the native birds of other countries also belong in the wild, not in our homes.
For more information on exotic bird welfare, and how you can help, visit these links:
Parrots as Pets
Bird Rescue, Sheltering & Placement
Aviculture, Bird Mills & Retail Marketing
Sale of Unweaned Babies
www.NationalBirdDay.org - Help to raise awareness about the plight of captive birds by participating in National Bird Day, January 5th!
Take Action for Captive Birds – Learn how you can help!